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Trekking

When to Trek


I) Autumn (September - November)
This season is measured the best time for Nepal trekking, which offers excellent weather and exhilarating mountain views. Temperatures are moderate, making it a good time for any one of our trekking options. The skies are generally blue with outstanding views. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.


(II) Winter (December - February)
This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevation. Thus it is perfect for trekking at lower elevation, generally below 3800 meters. Such as like Glimpse of Everest trek, Ghorepani Poon trek, Royal Trek, Ghandruk Trek, Jomsom Muktinath trek etc… are the option for this season.


(III) Spring (March - May)
This is the another best times for any trekking holidays trips in Nepal, its offers you to different varieties of wild flowers, specially the blossom of rhododendrons making the hillside above 3000 meters a hunting paradise during this spring. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation, over 4000m; the Mountain views are brilliant while the temperature is quite moderate.


(IV) Summer/Monsoon (June - August)
Summer months continue up to mid September making travel to Nepal is wet and warm. These times are a blessing for the keen botanist or photographer as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation making this the perfect time to capture Nepal in all its beauty. It’s recommended to carry insect repellent when trekking during these summer months. Trekking in rain shadow parts are options for this time of year. Upper Mustang trek, Trekking in Dolpa region, Rara lake trek, are the summer (Monsoon) trekking options in Nepal.


Trek Grade


Grade 1 (Easy): Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is normally up to 2000m. There are the ample of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about three to seven days and walking about four to five hours a day, anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Short and easy treks are covered by this grade of fitness.


Grade 2 (Moderate): Daily four to five hours walk along the good trails. The Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Everest Panorama trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek & Ghandruk trek belong to this grade.


Grade 3 (Demanding): Daily five to seven hours a day. The trails are usually well passable but some high altitude passes above 4000m can be steep. Possible snow on the high altitude passes can put your endurance to the test. A good health condition is required. Annapurna base camp , Jomsom Muktinath treks belong to this grade.


Grade 4 (Strenuous): Treks more than thirteen days with daily four to eight hours above 4000m. Sometimes one or more high altitude passes above 5000m. Most of night's temperatures fall below freezing point. A good health condition is a must. Trekking in Everest region, Upper Mustang trek, Annapurna circuit, Tilicho lake trek etc… belong to this grade.


Grade 5 (Very Strenuous): Treks and climbs of more than fifteen days. Walking on very difficult grounds, basic mountaineering skills required. Night's temperature in high altitude is very low. A strong resistance and a very good physical condition are required. Dhaulagiri Trek, Dolpa treks & other remote area treks belong to this grade.


Grade 6 (Challenging): Most adventurous high altitude trekking, crossing one or more passes of over 6,000 meter of altitude. General knowledge of mountaineering is required. Nights are very cold, daily six to eight hours of walk at mountaineer's pace. Nepalese Peaks below 7000 such like Island peak climbing, Mera peak climbing, Pisang peak climbing belong to this grade

Type of Treks

Teahouse Trek
This is the most popular way of experiencing classic treks in Nepal by using local lodges along the trails for overnight stay and food. These days decent hotel accommodation for trekkers is most readily available in the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest Region. In these areas you can trek carrying minimum equipment and rely on lodges for food and shelter. So it is always better to carry your own sleeping bags and down jacket for this teahouse trek. Happy Trail organizes an escorted lodge trekking providing with well-equipped porters carrying your luggage and well-experienced English speaking guide. The guide will arrange food, accommodation and dealing with national park and police check post during the trek as a part of your package program.

Camping Trek
This is classic style of trekking in Nepal in which Happy Trail supplies tents and employs an escorting guide to lead the trail, necessary porters to carry your gears and Sherpa's to set up camp and a cook to serve meals. You just carry a backpack with only a water bottle, camera and Jacket. In the camping treks there are numerous hidden expenses that drive up the price depending on the destination, mode of transportation and size of the group. A variety of meals is possible in camping trek. On camping trek you sleep in a tent. You will comfortably trek to remote regions and to high altitudes.

Equipments Check List
Here you will a general idea of the personal items to be brought by you to trek or climb in Nepal. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact he/she must bring their own clothing to protect themselves from the cold weather in the high altitude.
During the trek, heavy items are carried by porters or Yaks and the clients carry their personal belongings like water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.


Recommended Trekking Kit
Following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend you to take for yourself This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a hints of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head:
• Sun hat or scarf
• Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
• Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body

• T-shirts (2)
• Light and expedition weight thermal tops
• Fleece jacket or pullover
• Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
• Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

 

Hands
• Lightweight gloves
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body
• Underwear (4)
• Hiking shorts (2)
• Lightweight cotton long pants
• Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
• Fleece or wool pants
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


Feet
• Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
• Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4
• Hiking boots with spare laces
• Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
• Gaiters


Accessories
• Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
• Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
• Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
• Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
• Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
• Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
• Thermarest sleeping pad
• Water bottles (2)
• Toiletries
• Small wash towel

Optional items
• Binoculars
• Books (Highly Recommended )
• Compass
• Playing cards / backgammon / chess set
• Swiss Knife.

Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialist items which are required for the trekking peaks.
• Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters & crampons that have been tested for a good fit
• Fleece trousers or silhouette
• Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
• Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axe can be hired in Kathmandu)
• Climbing harness
• tape slings
• screwgate karabiners
• Descender/abseil device
• Ascender